Is That Your Mama?
by Patrice Lawrence
illustrated by Diane Ewen
Josie's family all look different. Which is okay with her. If they're at home. But outside of her home, she and her family get asked all sorts of questions. Nosy questions. Not minding-their-own-business questions. Just darn rude questions. "Is that your sister?" "Is that your child?" "Is that your mama?" Just when Josie reaches her Most Fed Up of fed ups, her family gather together with a plan which will empower Josie to put her starriest self forward and take full control of the situation.
A book which bounces with heart. The combination of Patrice Lawrence's deftly chosen words and Diane Ewen's highly expressive illustrations are a wonderful picture book match. Superb for any family member who has had their heritage or family origins -rudely, impertinently- questioned. The first of its kind in UK Children's book publishing, this will feel so important to so very many families. Above all else, this book respects children's own agency and empowers them to tap in to that- to resist, with or without words.
"Where do I start with this book? Well, it's not fiction first of all. This experience is all too real for many young children today. I love the examples (of questions) offered -they're illustrated so well!- and Josie's imaginings of how to alter this ..I love Josie's own conclusion. Simple, clear and thoughtful, I just love this book and children will too!" (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, Letterbox Library reviewer) Age 4-7, Paperback 27pp
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